2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8519
Degree Programme Class LM-9 - Pharmaceutical, Veterinary and Medical biotechnologies.
Years in which the programme is being held I,II
Type of access Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Giorgio Gallinella
Language Italian

Programme profile

2nd cycle graduates in Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies are highly skilled experts in the design and implementation of analysis and research activities, technological and experimental research, research and development in biotechnologies applied to the healthcare sector and in particular to the design, characterisation and formulation of innovative and biotechnological pharmaceuticals.In fact, only three subject areas of the nine listed in the class 9M table have been selected for the allocation of learning credits in the degree programme course units. These areas are: biotechnological subjects common to the “molecular biotechnologies” macro-area and pharmaceutical subjects in the “biotechnologies applied in the pharmaceutical sector” macro-area. This assures full specificity of the programme compared to other 2nd cycle degree programmes activated in the same class, 9M. The outcomes also aim to fill any learning gaps in these basic subject areas (cf. in the field of “Basic subjects applied to biotechnologies”), and to research topics in these areas which support the specific training of the graduates and teach the integrated and critical use of experimental and technical knowledge in the typical complex experiments of pharmaceutical biotechnologies.The degree programme covers two macro-areas, molecular biotechnologies and biotechnologies applied to the pharmaceutical sector. The degree programme has compulsory attendance and runs integrated courses of a theoretical and experimental nature, which provide students with:- in-depth knowledge of the structural-functional relations of macromolecular complexes and proteins- in-depth knowledge of the cellular, molecular and functional complexity of biological systems- advanced knowledge of the molecular and genetic mechanisms of disease- advanced methods of genomic, proteomic and bioinformatic analysis of organisms relevant to the health field- solid knowledge of pharmaceutical biotechnologies to trace the pharmaco-toxicological profile of therapeutic agents at molecular and cellular level- bioinformatic, structural biologic and genomic methodologies for the identification of innovative therapeutic targets- chemical and computational methodologies for the identification of active molecules on molecular targets of therapeutic interest- in-depth knowledge of industrial processes for the development of biotechnological products and their formulation in therapeutic and diagnostic preparations for human use- in-depth knowledge of biotechnological drug analysis technologies- development methodologies of molecular nanostructures for the analysis, monitoring and treatment of human disease- solid knowledge of the nano-formulation of biotechnological drugs.2nd cycle graduates in Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies:- possess the professional competencies used in research laboratories working in gene expression and manipulation, genomic, proteomic and bioinformatic analysis, monitoring of the presence of genetically modified organisms, design, development, formulation, production and analysis of innovative and nano-biotechnological drugs, and the management and quality control of fermentation systems, in biomedical, diagnostic, environmental and nutritional fields;- can design cellular models for the development of new nano-biotechnological drugs;- can successfully interact with commercial organisations and documentation bodies working in biotechnological production;- possess the skills and knowledge required to continue with further studies (PhD programmes, 2nd level university master's programmes, specialisation schools).

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It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

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